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Throwback Thursday: Are You Spending Thanksgiving With Demons?



By Carolyn Dale Newell

For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused

If it is received with thanksgiving;

1 Timothy 4:4 NKJV

No, it is not your in-laws, nor the uncle you cannot get along with. However, you could be spending Thanksgiving with someone who shares the doctrines of demons.

Let’s unpack this passage of Scripture which Paul wrote to Timothy. He refers to the latter times, which we are living in now. Many will depart from the faith giving close attention to “deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1). Paul continues with a list of demonic attributes: lying, a seared conscience, forbidding marriage, and abstaining from particular foods.

This was more serious than being a vegetarian. The Jews had lived under dietary restrictions for many years. God prohibited certain food for health reasons, but the law was primarily to prevent them from mingling with the heathen nations. Now things had changed. Jesus died for Jews and Gentiles alike. You can imagine the problems that arose during dinners. Gentiles ate ham biscuits and the Jews were appalled.

There were false teachers teaching the dietary law. Speaking of food, Paul says, “God created [food] to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe” (1 Tim. 4:3b). God makes it clear that all food is lawful when it is received with thanksgiving.

This goes beyond saying the blessing and tonight’s menu. It is about having an attitude of gratitude. Demons are not thankful. If they had appreciated the heavenly home they once occupied they would have never rebelled against God. He cast the fallen angels and Satan out of heaven.

Let’s check up on our thankfulness. We do not want to be like the ungrateful demonic forces. No matter what is going on in your life today, find something to be thankful for. Only demons count their battles. Saints count their blessings.


Open our eyes to our many blessings. Forgive us for never adequately thanking You for homes, health, family, and friends, but especially for Jesus. Amen.


Read 1 Timothy 4:1-5.


What are you thanking God for today? Help others realize what an affront their ingratitude is to God.


Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Book Review: “Don’t Go Through Life Naked:How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power”


How’s that battle with your enemy going? No, not your boss, nor your in-laws. You have a real enemy, Satan, and he is your real culprit behind these problems. Not your co-workers, not family members, not the person who hurts you.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12 NKJV

Instead of fighting with our husband, kids, or anyone else, get your copy of Don’t Go through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power, and read it in one afternoon.

Yes, it is a quick read, but it is filled to the brim with Scripture. You will come away with a better understanding of spiritual warfare, and how to handle it, and win!

My friend, Susan B. Mead, could have decided to stop living after the death of her youngest son, but she didn’t. Her first book, Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace describes her recovery from grief.

Now, Susan has written a book all Christians need to read, and the price makes it a steal.

Susan is a witty, wise and beautiful lady. She shares her vulnerability to help us realize how naked and exposed we are to Satan and hell’s angels.

She includes thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter, so we can reflect on how these nuggets of truth can be applied to our own lives.

I recommend this book to all Christians. Click the link below and get started now. Today! Why wait? Win the battle!

Don’t Go through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power

by Susan B. Mead